In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kirklees like this:
KIRKLEES, a village in Clifton chapelry, Dewsbury parish, W. R. Yorkshire; on the river Calder, near the Leeds and Manchester railway, 4 miles NE of Huddersfield. A Cistertian nunnery was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by Regner de Heming; and has left some traces. Robin Hood died here, -is traditionally said to have been bled to death through the treachery of a nun; and his grave is still pointed out. An epitaph, said to have been originally placed over his remains, has been a subject of discussion among antiquaries. Kirklees Hall, the seat of Sir G. Armytage, Bart., occupies the site of the nunnery; and is an elegant mansion.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Kirklees has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Kirklees. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Kirklees and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kirklees in West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th May 2013
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